What does mantle mean?

Definitions for mantle
ˈmæn tlman·tle

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word mantle.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mantlenoun

    the cloak as a symbol of authority

    "place the mantle of authority on younger shoulders"

  2. Mantle, Mickey Mantle, Mickey Charles Mantlenoun

    United States baseball player (1931-1997)

  3. mantlenoun

    the layer of the earth between the crust and the core

  4. blanket, mantlenoun

    anything that covers

    "there was a blanket of snow"

  5. mantle, palliumnoun

    (zoology) a protective layer of epidermis in mollusks or brachiopods that secretes a substance forming the shell

  6. mantel, mantelpiece, mantle, mantlepiece, chimneypiecenoun

    shelf that projects from wall above fireplace

    "in Britain they call a mantel a chimneypiece"

  7. curtain, drape, drapery, mantle, pallnoun

    hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window)

  8. cape, mantleverb

    a sleeveless garment like a cloak but shorter

  9. mantleverb

    spread over a surface, like a mantle

  10. mantleverb

    cover like a mantle

    "The ivy mantles the building"


  1. mantlenoun

    (Geol.) The highly viscous shell of hot semisolid rock, about 1800 miles thick, lying under the crust of the Earth and above the core. Also, by analogy, a similar shell on any other planet.


  1. mantlenoun

    A piece of clothing somewhat like an open robe or cloak, especially that worn by Orthodox bishops.

  2. mantlenoun

    Anything that covers or conceals something else.

  3. mantlenoun

    The body wall of a mollusc, from which the shell is secreted.

  4. mantlenoun

    The zone of hot gases around a flame; the gauzy incandescent covering of a gas lamp.

  5. mantlenoun

    The cerebral cortex.

  6. mantlenoun

    The layer between the Earth's core and crust.

  7. mantlenoun

    A fireplace shelf;

  8. mantleverb

    To cover or conceal (something).

  9. mantleverb

    To become covered or concealed.

  10. Etymology: mentel, later reborrowed from mantel, both from mantellum, diminutive of mantum, probably from Gaulish.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mantlenoun

    A kind of cloak or garment thrown over the rest of the dress.

    Etymology: mantell, Welsh.

    We, well-cover’d with the night’s black mantle,
    At unawares may beat down Edward’s guard,
    And seize himself. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    Poor Tom drinks the green mantle of the standing pool. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    The day begins to break, and night is fled,
    Whose pitchy mantle over-veil’d the earth. William Shakespeare.

    Their actions were covered and disguised with mantles, very usual in times of disorder, of religion and justice. John Hayward, Edward VI.

    The herald and children are cloathed with mantles of water green sattin; but the herald’s mantle is streamed with gold. Francis Bacon, New Atlantis.

    Before the sun,
    Before the heav’ns thou wert, and at the voice
    Of God, as with a mantle, didst invest
    The rising world of waters dark and deep,
    Won from the void and formless infinite. John Milton.

    By which the beauty of the earth appears,
    The divers-colour’d mantle which she wears. George Sandys.

    Upon loosening of his mantle the eggs fell from him at unawares, and the eagle was a third time defeated. Roger L'Estrange.

    Dan Alexander Pope for thy misfortune griev’d,
    With kind concern and skill has weav’d
    A silken web; and ne’er shall fade
    Its colours: gently has he laid
    The mantle o’er thy sad distress,
    And Venus shall the texture bless. Matthew Prior.

    A spacious veil from his broad shoulders flew,
    That set the unhappy Phaeton to view;
    The flaming chariot and the steeds it shew’d,
    And the whole fable in the mantle glow’d. Addison.

  2. To Mantleverb

    To cloke; to cover; to disguise.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    As the morning steals upon the night,
    Melting the darkness; so their rising senses
    Begin to chace the ign’rant fumes, that mantle
    Their clearer reason. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    I left them
    I’ th’ filthy mantled pool beyond your cell,
    There dancing up to th’ chins. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

  3. To Mantleverb

    Etymology: The original of the signification of this word is not plain. Stephen Skinner considers it as relative to the expansion of a mantle: as, the hawk mantleth; she spreads her wings like a mantle.

    The swan with arched neck,
    Between her white wings mantling, rows
    Her state with oary feet. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. viii.

    My frail fancy fed with full delight
    Doth bathe in bliss, and mantleth most at ease;
    Ne thinks of other heaven, but how it might
    Her heart’s desire with most contentment please. Edmund Spenser.

    The pair that clad
    Each shoulder broad, came mantling o’er his breast
    With regal ornament. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. v.

    The mantling vine
    Lays forth her purple grape, and gently creeps
    Luxuriant. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. iv.

    I saw them under a green mantling vine,
    That crawls along the side of yon small hill,
    Plucking ripe clusters. John Milton.

    You’ll sometimes meet a fop, of nicest tread,
    Whose mantling peruke veils his empty head. John Gay.

    He with the Nais went to dwell,
    Leaving the nectar’d feasts of Jove;
    And where his mazy waters flow,
    He gave the mantling vine, to grow
    A trophy to his love. Elijah Fenton, Ode to Lord Gower.

    There are a sort of men, whose visages
    Do cream and mantle like a standing pond;
    And do a wilful stillness entertain,
    With purpose to be drest in an opinion
    Of wisdom, gravity, profound conceit. William Shakespeare.

    It drinketh fresh, flowereth, and mantleth exceedingly. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist. №. 46.

    From plate to plate your eye-balls roll,
    And the brain dances to the mantling bowl. Alexander Pope, Horace.

    When mantling blood
    Flow’d in his lovely cheeks; when his bright eyes
    Sparkl’d with youthful fires; when ev’ry grace
    Shone in the father, which now crowns the son. Smith.


  1. Mantle

    A mantle is a piece of clothing, a type of cloak. Several other meanings are derived from that.


  1. mantle

    The mantle is a layer inside a terrestrial planet and some other rocky planetary bodies. It lies between the core and the crust, and makes up a significant portion of the planet's structure. This region is primarily composed of silicate rock and is semi-solid. The Earth's mantle, for example, is extremely hot and is responsible for plate tectonics and volcanic activity. It can also refer to a significant role or responsibility that one person passes onto another, often used metaphorically. Lastly, it can refer to a covering or shell, like the mantle of a mollusk or the mantle over a fireplace.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mantlenoun

    a loose garment to be worn over other garments; an enveloping robe; a cloak. Hence, figuratively, a covering or concealing envelope

  2. Mantlenoun

    same as Mantling

  3. Mantlenoun

    the external fold, or folds, of the soft, exterior membrane of the body of a mollusk. It usually forms a cavity inclosing the gills. See Illusts. of Buccinum, and Byssus

  4. Mantlenoun

    any free, outer membrane

  5. Mantlenoun

    the back of a bird together with the folded wings

  6. Mantlenoun

    a mantel. See Mantel

  7. Mantlenoun

    the outer wall and casing of a blast furnace, above the hearth

  8. Mantlenoun

    a penstock for a water wheel

  9. Mantleverb

    to cover or envelop, as with a mantle; to cloak; to hide; to disguise

  10. Mantleverb

    to unfold and spread out the wings, like a mantle; -- said of hawks. Also used figuratively

  11. Mantleverb

    to spread out; -- said of wings

  12. Mantleverb

    to spread over the surface as a covering; to overspread; as, the scum mantled on the pool

  13. Mantleverb

    to gather, assume, or take on, a covering, as froth, scum, etc

  14. Etymology: [OE. mantel, OF. mantel, F. manteau, fr. L. mantellum, mantelum, a cloth, napkin, cloak, mantle (cf. mantele, mantile, towel, napkin); prob. from manus hand + the root of tela cloth. See Manual, Textile, and cf. Mandil, Mantel, Mantilla.]


  1. Mantle

    A mantle is an ecclesiastical garment in the form of a very full cape which extends to the floor, joined at the neck, that is worn over the outer garments. In the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Eastern Catholic churches, the mantle is a monastic garment worn by bishops, hegumens, archimandrites, and other monastics in processions and while attending various church services, such as Vespers or Matins; but not when vested to celebrate the Divine Liturgy. Unlike the Western cope, the mantle is worn only by monastics. The klobuk is worn over the mantle.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mantle

    man′tl, n. a covering: a cloak or loose outer garment: spirit: (zool.) the thin fleshy membrane lining a mollusc's shell: a conical wire-network covered with some highly refractory earth that becomes luminous under a flame.—v.t. to cover: to disguise.—v.i. to spread like a mantle: to revel: to joy: to froth: to rush to the face and impart a crimson glow, as blood.—ns. Man′tlet, Man′telet, a small cloak for women: (fort.) a movable shield or screen to protect an attacking force, or gunners while serving their guns; Man′tling, cloth suitable for mantles: (her.) the representation of a mantle, or the drapery of a coat-of-arms. [O. Fr. mantel (Fr. manteau)—L. mantellum, a napkin.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. mantle

    A long flowing robe, worn in the Middle Ages over the armor, and fastened by a fibula in front, or at the right shoulder. The mantle is an important part of the official insignia of the various orders of knighthood.

Suggested Resources

  1. Mantle

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Mantle is ranked #16900 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Mantle surname appeared 1,685 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Mantle.

    90.6% or 1,528 total occurrences were White.
    4.3% or 73 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 39 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.2% or 21 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1% or 18 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.3% or 6 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

Anagrams for mantle »

  1. lament

  2. Lament.

  3. malent

  4. mantel

  5. mental

  6. manlet

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mantle in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mantle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of mantle in a Sentence

  1. Mysteries Coltice:

    Convection models were good for the mantle, but not plates, and plate tectonics was good for plates but not the mantle, and the whole story behind the evolution of the system is the feedback between the two.

  2. Homer:

    In saffron-colored mantle, from the tides of ocean rose the morning to bring light to gods and men.

  3. Manufacturers President Jay Timmons:

    I think it's important to note that there are countries all over the world, China included, that would like to take away America's mantle of economic leadership.

  4. Will Ferrell:

    Ruth, Musial, Mantle, Will Ferrell, who would have thought that one day those names would be synonymous? Show of hands -- scratch that, never mind.

  5. Henri-Frederic Amiel:

    Woman is the salvation or the destruction of the family. She carries its destiny in the folds of her mantle.

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